We are about to travel with our five year old and three old. I’ve been putting together busy bags for kids on a plane for the two of them. A simple way how to entertain kids on a plane.
I love this idea because I feel like it will help make the kids feel special on the plane too. Mom will have her laptop bag, dad will have his. Now they have their own little “work space”. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for them playing on the Kindle Fire too, but I’d like them to have other options too. Especially on the long flight from Seattle to Orlando.
Busy Bags For Kids on a Plane
To create our busy bags for kids on a plane, I purchased an inexpensive Finding Dory themed lunch box. I like the ones that have two compartments. Makes it easy to pack one with snacks and one with entertainment goodies.
Snack Ideas for Kids
- protein bars to help keep bellies full
- fruit snacks
- gummy bears
- gold fish crackers
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Snacks that have the least cleanup are best. I don’t recommend anything like crackers, outside of gold fish, because they really can cause a mess. The protein bars are perfect for helping keep the kids full while traveling during meal time. CLIF KID ZBAR PROTEIN are perfect for packing. I would say to avoid packing anything peanuts. I do this because I know people who have kids with peanut allergies and really struggle with flying due to this. Sometimes even the leftover oils on the trays can create issues.
Activity Ideas for Kids
- small playdough containers
- coloring crayons and books
- small puzzles
- blind bags
- a small toy to play with
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I know people shudder at playdough and you’re saying, “Didn’t you just say to not make a mess?”. I did. However, I’ve found the small containers do pretty well in keeping together. Use discretion though. If you’re kids aren’t great with playdough, leave it out for something else.
Make it fun for the kiddos. Throw in things they like. For a long flight, these will come in handy. They are even great for keeping kids busy during a road trip. Plus, it gives them something extra that is personal. Safe travels and have fun!